'Outlander' season 4 finale and season recap: Droughtlander has started but we are still living for these powerful moments

It's time to start counting down the days until the Outlander Season 5 premiere, and fans will have to brace for a fairly long spell of Droughtlander.


                            'Outlander' season 4 finale and season recap: Droughtlander has started but we are still living for these powerful moments

Here comes the 'Droughtlander,' as season 4 of the time-traveling series comes to a bitter-sweet ending. Fans of the beloved show are all geared to rewatch the season until season 5 premieres, and the date for it isn't exactly known. 

Rewatching, or perhaps binge-watching the season all over again isn't so much of a bad idea as season 4 gave us such powerful, beautiful and equally brilliant moments from its star-studded cast. From Claire Fraser's longing for her daughter, to Brianna's leap as a "lass that is gone," to a very, very, very heartbreaking episode 8 and then we arrived at the conclusion of how Young Ian isn't young anymore and is a 'man of worth' who even Jamie Fraser is indebted to. The trials and tribulations of the Frasers and the sole MacKenzie, Roger, was fated for a happy ending in the fate-driven drama and there's a sigh of relief in that.

Here are five of the best moments from 'Outlander' season 4, in case you miss the show already!

When we were introduced to Rollo

John Bell (Young Ian), Rollo - Outlander Season 4 (Starz)
John Bell (Young Ian), Rollo - Outlander Season 4 (Starz)

First things first, remember the moment we were introduced to Rollo? How the canine instantly took our heart away! Young Ian won Rollo in a gamble, and though Claire Fraser did not instantly like the "bloody wold," Rollo managed to be an integral part of season 4 as he spotted the human bone of Roger's deceased fellow captive, indicating that Roger is alive, as well as making himself a core member of the Fraser family, accompanying his master, Young Ian, even in the Mohawk village of Shadow Lake. 

When Jamie bonds with his son Willie

Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Oliver Finnegan (Lord William Ransome) - Outlander Episode 406 (Starz)
Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Oliver Finnegan (Lord William Ransome) - Outlander Episode 406 (Starz)

When Lord John Grey decides to drop by Fraser's Ridge, he brings an opportunity for Jamie to get to know his son, William. As John Grey contracts measles and is left in Claire's tender care, (another powerful moment there), Jamie takes Willie for hunting. William proves that he is indeed his father's son, even if he does not know it, or seem to know, but he shows his guts and manages to impress Jamie. When he lands in trouble with the Cherokee tribe, Jamie does not hesitate to sacrifice his own life for the sake of Willie, but Willie chimes in to admit his mistakes. His courage saves him. The most iconic moment was when he looked back to bid Jamie goodbye, knowing full well that Jamie had not done the same in season 3. Oh heart!

3. Claire and John moment

This unforgettable raw moment when Lord John Grey confessed to Claire that he was jealous of her because of the look of "satisfaction," she has that makes Jamie happy. It was also this moment when Claire understood that John Grey was not only in love with her husband, but he was guilty of "not being born the right person," and also not being able to feel anything when his wife passed away. The reason why he came to Fraser's Ridge was to know if he felt anything at all, and he did. The powerful and significant moment in Outlander season 4 showed two great characters understanding each other in their truest and rawest forms.

4. When Bree and Roger reunited in Wilmington

Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) - Outlander Episode 408 (Starz)
Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) - Outlander Episode 408 (Starz)

Shortly after Brianna ventured through the rocks of Craigh na Dun, Roger followed suit. Brianna had no idea Roger had pursued her for 200 years, and when they met at Wilmington, perhaps months after their hardship in the 18th-century world, it was something to be celebrated about. Unfortunately, this happiness was short-lived as the handfasting ceremony goes absolutely wrong for the young couple and they end up going their separate ways again, which leads Brianna to encounter Stephen Bonnet, who rapes her in Wilmington.

5. Young Ian's ultimate triumph

Mohawk Tribe and Young Ian (John Bell) duel it out  - Outlander Episode 413 (Starz)
Mohawk Tribe and Young Ian (John Bell) duel it out  - Outlander Episode 413 (Starz)

Season 4's highlights can also be measured in the evolution of Young Ian. In the initial episodes, we saw the young Fraser struggling to come out from the horrifying rape he had experienced in season 3. By the end of season 4, he not only made the ultimate sacrifice, prompting Jamie to say how he does not deserve someone like him but also by emerging successful in the Mohawk's unconventional test, which Roger had miserably failed. Accepted as "one of the Mohawks," Young Ian will not be subjected to menial labor and be confined to Idiot's hut as Roger was. He was and is the 'Man of Worth,' and there is no disagreeing that.

These may be the top picks but here are few other honorable mentions:

Claire operating Fanning's hernia and amazing everyone including Governor Tyron

Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) - Outlander Episode 408 (Starz)
Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) - Outlander Episode 408 (Starz)

 

Bree reuniting with her parents in Wilmington

 

Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) - Outlander Episode 409 (Starz)
Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) - Outlander Episode 409 (Starz)

Brianna confronting her rapist, Stephen Bonnet

Ed Speleers (Stephen Bonnet), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser) - Outlander Episode 412 (Starz)
Ed Speleers (Stephen Bonnet), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser) - Outlander Episode 412 (Starz)

 

When Brianna gave birth to a baby boy in River Run

 

Natalie Simpson (Phaedre), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Aunt Jocasta) - Outlander Episode 413 (Starz)
Natalie Simpson (Phaedre), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Aunt Jocasta) - Outlander Episode 413 (Starz)

Bree and Roger's final reunion

(just in case you send me a hate mail for not listing)

 

Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) - Outlander Episode 413 (Starz)
Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) - Outlander Episode 413 (Starz)

 

 

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